Who can attend The Outpost?
It is our desire for anyone who walks through our doors on a Sunday to feel welcome at The Outpost, regardless of where they are in their faith walk. We believe that “make disciples” is a mission that is applicable to anyone at any point in their faith walk – whether a person is not yet a believer in Christ, or whether a person has been a believer for years – new disciples can be made and existing disciples can be matured.
Is there a “Sunday School” for children?
The Outpost does offer classes and childcare for children. During the first part of our Sunday gathering, while we are worshiping God in music and song, the children are welcome to remain in the gymnasium to worship and sing with us so that they can experience that aspect of musical worship of our Lord. As we move to the teaching portion of our gathering, the children will be taken to classrooms where teachers will provide a Bible study lesson appropriate for their age group. We believe that “making disciples” can start at the earliest of ages, and so we strive to train the children in our church in a safe and loving environment.
Why did you decide to plant a church?
Research we’ve done shows that churches in the United States are declining at an alarming rate. Combine that fact with the calling that Trent has heard from the Lord to plant a church, and the calling that many of The Outpost’s core group have heard to be involved in a church plant, and planting a church seemed like an easy decision for us. We do not think that our way of “doing church” is necessarily better than any of the other excellent churches in the area. However, we hope to appeal to those in the area who understand our mission and philosophy, and who buy into The Outpost’s vision for how to live out church life.
What are Life Groups?
Those who are regular attendees at The Outpost can meet together in “Life Groups” – groups of 6-12 men and women that are designed to be a forum to “go deeper” with what we’re learning in the teachings on Sunday mornings and apply that learning to our individual lives. Life Groups are a place to share the successes and struggles, the hopes and fears, and the triumphs and trials that come with living for Christ amidst a community of believers.
Do you have communion? How is that done?
We believe the table is an integral part of participatory worship in the fellowship of the saints. In participating at the Lord ’s Table believers proclaim the death of Christ until he comes again (1 Corinthians 11:26). We understand 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 and the issue of an “unworthy manner” to mean those who are perpetuating a life of rebellion against the Trinity and the truth. Each believer is responsible to examine his/her own heart and if the table would be appropriate for their participation. When appropriate, the leadership of the Outpost may ask a believer to abstain from the Lord ’s Table due to a wayward heart and an unwillingness to repent. [Gluten free bread is available upon request. Please ask those serving communion and they will provide bread that is gluten free for communion.]
Do you have membership? How can I become a member of The Outpost?
While we understand the global church to consist of true believers in Jesus Christ, those desiring local membership with The Outpost may do so by completing the following steps:
- Write a one-page testimony of conversion and personal belief in Jesus Christ.
- Attend all sessions of The Outpost new member’s class.
- Acknowledge by signature, a commitment of participational intent to The Outpost community. (in signing the Outpost Covenant, one assents to beliefs, governance, bylaws and leadership structure of The Outpost, and commits to active participation in The Outpost).
How does the church spend its money? Where do tithes and offerings made to The Outpost go?
The Outpost believes in having an “open book policy” in regards to its finances. For specific information regarding the church’s budget, expenses, or other finance-related questions, please contact Eric Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.